The world's first commercial Maglev line opened in 2004 and is located in Shanghai, China. The line connects Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road in Eastern Shanghai. Subsequent lines were built in Japan and South Korea.
The maglev (magnetic levitation) train was invented by Americans James R. Powell and Gordon T. Danby. Hermann Kemper, Robert Goddard and Emile Bachelet are also credited with important research and development that lead to this invention.
Maglev trains can reach speeds of up to 361 mph. This was the fastest speed reached by the MLX01, which was measured on December 2, 2003. Executed on the Yamanashi maglev test line in Japan, the test run was administered by the Central Japan Railway Company and the Rail...
In 1914, the French-born American inventor Emile Bachelet presented his ideas and a display model of a maglev vehicle. A report in the Swiss journal Schweizer Familie from the same year shows a photograph of the event and provides some information about his project visi...
Superconductivity was discovered by Heike Kammerlingh Onnes in 1911. This discovery eventually made maglev trains possible. Superconductivity is the cooling of materials, such as lead and mercury, to extremely low temperatures to eliminate the materials' resistance to e...
In comparison with existing modes, Maglev technology is a better way of moving people and freight because it has a long service life and is faster, safer, cheaper and less congested. Maglev also saves energy because of its high efficiency and lack of pollution emission....
The first full-scale working steam engine train was designed and built by Richard Trevithick and financed by Samuel Homfray. However, the idea originated around 1550 with German wagonways, wooden tracks that made moving heavy carts easier.